It was written by Adele and Dan Wilson for her second studio album, It is the second single and final track on the album. The song was inspired by a broken relationship, and lyrically speaks of Adele's coming to terms with it. XL Recordings released the song as the second single from the album on 24 January the same day the album was released in the United Kingdom and on 9 August in the United States. Accompanied only by a piano in the song played by co-writer Wilson , Adele sings about the end of the relationship with her ex-boyfriend. The song received widespread critical acclaim, with critics choosing the song as a highlight of 21 and praised the lyrics, its simple sound and Adele's vocal performance. Following a well-received performance of the song at the Brit Awards , "Someone Like You" became Adele's first number-one single in the UK and stayed on the top of the chart for five weeks. With that achievement Adele became the first female British solo singer in the history of the Billboard Hot to have two number ones from the same album. As of , Someone Like You has sold over 17 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling digital single of all-time. An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jake Nava and filmed in Paris , France.
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